My kids love Easter. They’re funny though – it’s all about the hunt and they barely eat much of their findings. I have to help them out with that. 😉 Every year we do Easter crafts as well – decorate Easter eggs and make Easter egg bath bombs. This year’s Easter egg bath bombs are made from jumbo plastic egg shells from the dollar store. They are made with 4 different colors and an essential oil blend by Aura Cacia called Pillow Potion, containing Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil, humulus lupulus (hops) CO2 extract, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, achillea millefolium (yarrow) oil, matricaria recutita (german chamomile) oil.
Yes. That choice of essential oil was intentional. They are for my kids to use – my little night owls. Especially my 11 year old daughter who we’ve nicknamed the “midnight crafter.” Seriously, it is not uncommon for her to be designing patterns, cutting fabric, sewing and beading at 11:00 at night. She’ll tell me, “I need to get this done before bed, Mom.” Personally, I love her passion and at least she sleeps in!
So here are the directions to make the sleep potions disguised as Easter egg bath bombs. Happy Easter crafting!
4 small bowls
4 medium to small glass or metal bowls (they don’t absorb fragrance)
Travel size spray bottle (makes a fine mist)
Jumbo plastic Easter egg shells
2 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Citric Acid
1 cup Epsom Salts
1. In your 4 small bowls, measure 1/4 cup Epsom salts in each. With a toothpick, add a dollop of a different gel color to each bowl and mix in really well. It will take several minutes. For best results, let these sit for a couple of hours to overnight in order for the moisture in the gel color to evaporate somewhat.
2. Place sieve over one of the bowls and add baking soda and citric acid. Sift to remove any lumps.
3. Transfer your whisk into another bowl and pour your baking soda/citric acid mixture into it. Add 40-60 drops of pure essential oil and sift through.
Continue to transfer the dry mixture back into the sieve until the oil is very well incorporated. This is very important or you could get little bumps on your finished bath bombs.
4. Now, divide your dry mixture into the four bowls, it doesn’t matter if they are even. Next, add a different color Epsom salts to each bowl and using your whisk, mix thoroughly.
5. Now for the tricky part. With your whisk still in hand, grab your sprayer filled with filtered water, with the other hand and mist one of the bowls 4 times. Quickly whisk the water in then with your hand, grab a handful and squeeze. If the mixture clumps together and stays clumped without falling apart, it is ready to mould. Most likely though, it will need more moisture but the amount is different every time and determined by the humidity in the air, how dry your Epsom salts are and how much essential oil you used.
Do the squeeze test every 4 sprays. Too much water will set off the reaction between the baking soda and the citric acid (the base and the acid) and you’ll start to hear a fizzing sound. You can fix this by mixing up some more baking soda/citric acid at a 2/1 ratio. Do this process to each bowl, then you’re ready to mould.
6. With your hands (use gloves if you have a manicure – the citric acid could affect it) add some of the mixture from each bowl until one half of the plastic egg shell is filled, press down and fill further until it’s over filled. Set down and repeat with the other half. Now, press the two halves together and push firmly. Gently remove the top half and set down for a few minutes. A plastic egg carton works great for this.
7. Carefully, remove the bottom half of the plastic Easter egg and place the bath bomb back in the plastic egg carton to dry. You can also place them on wax paper to dry. Add a big fluffy towel under the wax paper and you’ll prevent the bottoms from flattening.
“Make it fresh & know what’s in it.” Jennifer Sunrise
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